Mindful Little Souls is a wonderful initiative which teaches children about mindfulness and coping with stress and anxiety – from workshops and interactive materials for children, to guidance sessions for parents. Pause. Breathe. Be present in the moment.
The system of education is systematically putting our children under stress by focusing almost entirely on academic attainment and rankings. Whilst there has been an increasing trend of results and studies over recent years highlighting the benefits of mindfulness in the form of decreased stress and anxiety, increased focus, improved social skills etc, such life skills are not being taught to children fast enough.
To prepare today’s children for the new global economy, they need to be equipped with a toolkit to help them gain self-awareness, confidence, self-regulation and resilience to succeed. The earlier children develop these life skills, the more empowered they are to lead an extraordinary and purposeful life.
Mindful Little Souls seeks to nurture and positively impact the emotional intelligence of children by equipping them with the skills to gain self-awareness, confidence, self-regulation and resilience to succeed in the 21st century and beyond.
What is Mindfulness
According to Prof John Kabat- Zinn, university of Massachusetts (Medical School), “mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally”.
Mindfulness is learning how to clear your mind and focus on the present moment. Rather than thinking about what happened earlier in the day or worrying about what might happen in the future, mindfulness helps you to focus on the now. This is an important skill for children and young adults because it can help them to manage their emotions, improve their focus, cope with stress and feel calmer. We can begin to practise mindfulness by adding many brief moments of awareness into our lives on a daily basis.
Why is it important?
Practising mindfulness can positively affect all other executive functioning skills. Studies have shown that some benefits of mindfulness include:
- Reduced stress levels and anxiety
- Improved health and better sleep
- Improved focus and awarenessIncreased resilience and self-worth
- Improved impulse control
- Increased compassion and kindness
The curriculum aims to provide a simple but effective way for the child to add mindfulness practice into their daily routine, focused on both the inner and outer self in a fun and interactive manner.
Whilst the core themes underlying mindfulness remain the same, the curriculum also allows for a progressive differentiation in how a child can build his or her bespoke coping toolkit overtime that is unique to the child.
To embed mindfulness practice into daily basis, Mindful Little Souls provide children with activities in the form of fun homework after each class and a journal for the term to encourage discussion and practising with the family.
What to expect
A child that practises mindfulness may:
- Have increased ability to focus and tune out distractions
- Be better able to identify the feelings they are experiencing and respond to them appropriately
- Be able to regulate their responses to stressful situations
To find out more, please take a look at the Mindful Little Souls website here.